Unlike swimming, nobody learns to fly by being thrown in the deep end. Instead, it takes gradual instruction to teach students the controls and feel of an aircraft guided by their hands. Luckily, instructors Antonio Ferrara and Zachary Barrett specialize in that sort of slow-burning scholarship. Both men make their living with their heads in the clouds. Ferrara flies for a commercial airline, ferrying passengers across vast distances in enormous jets. Barrett also possesses his commercial pilot's license, along with an FAA Flight Instructor certification.
At Affordable Aircraft & Flight Instruction, LLC, the duo helps fledgling flyers find their sky legs with discovery flights and group ground school. They also teach longer courses, guiding students toward certifications as private-, multiengine-, and commercial-rated pilots.
At Icon Aviation Group, flying instructors put four kinds of light sport aircraft to good use training future pilots of all ages, young and old, for private pilot's licenses, instrument ratings, commercial flight instructor ratings, and airline transport ratings. Pilots-in-training log hours in the cockpits of a Piper Warrior, Beechcraft Baron B-55, Mooney M20E, and Aeronca 7AC, with access to all the instruments and gauges needed for eventual solo flying. The aviation school couples its in-air instruction with classroom learning back on solid ground, where pupils can safely build confidence under the guidance and command of experienced pilots and work on honing their cabin-announcements voice.
Captain Steve Scarfogliero has been fishing the waters around Moriches for more than two decades. He shares his years of expertise during fishing charters on the Fish On I, a 40-foot sport fishing boat, and the Fish On II, a 65-foot party fishing boat. Aboard these vessels, Captain Scarfogliero helps anglers catch everything from fluke to tuna to sharks.
The sounds of bleating sheep and braying donkeys, occasionally interspersed with the children’s laughter, waft across the fields of the 100-year-old, 250-acre working farm. At Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, staffers and 4-H educators help children in preschool through grade 12 participate in outdoor education and recreation, including opportunities to get up close to the resident animals.
Teachers introduce ecological concepts such as the best way to hug a tree in the outdoor Nature Explore Classroom, where 50-foot-tall arborvitaes and flowering cherry trees border open spaces for free play that includes a raised herb garden, a 138-year-old hay barn, and a climbing area. In warm weather, instructors also helm the Green Youth Initiative, which teaches students how to grow leaves from their fingertips and what their impact on the environment means. At different times throughout the year, staffers shift their focus to seasonal celebrations, with special events such as corn mazes and the Pumpkin Fling—a pumpkin catapult contest.
When the founders of Clovis Point Winery first laid eyes on the 10-acre plot of North Fork farmland, they knew they had found the perfect spot to transform their vision of a boutique winery into a reality. The plot hit everything on their checklist—sun-swept fields, accessibility, and a picturesque 1920s potato barn that would later be transformed into a tasting room complete with mahogany doors, bluestone floors, and a heated patio overlooking the vineyards. The barn isn't Clovis Point Winery's only nod to the past. According to the New York Times, which lauds the winery as “emblematic of the versatility of some East End boutiques,” the name stems from stone spear tips believed to originate from the Clovis people, a tribe of Indians who inhabited North Fork during the Paleolithic Age.
Today, the winery has grown to span 15 acres of merlot, cabernet franc, and chardonnay vines, which winemaker John Leo ferments into award-winning wines. He also maintains the founders' original vision of keeping production on a smaller scale, producing only 2,000 cases per year to ensure that each bottle has the interesting flavors and easy-going personality reflective of its small-town upbringing.
From the road, passing cyclists glimpse rows of grapevines stretching across gently sloped hills and converging at the horizon under a beaming midday sun. The scene could easily be mistaken for Northern California or another storied wine-producing region, but it's how a normal day looks around Long Island?s North Fork area, where more than 50 wineries call the rolling vineyards their home.
Guides at Vintage Bicycle Tours bring two-wheeled travelers into the heart of the area?s wineries?as well as its many farm stands, boutiques, and views of Peconic Bay?through their signature bike tours and customizable ? la carte tours. Passionate about both wine and cycling, guides supply visitors with thirst-quenching narration and all equipment, including a choice of Kent tandem comfort bikes for two or Diamondback mountain-comfort hybrid cycles. Alternatively, Vintage Bicycle Tours permits riders to bring their own bikes or all-terrain unicycles.